Artemisia Gentileschi as Saint Catherine of Alexandria

Self-Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria, c. 1615–1617 Artemisia Gentileschi National Gallery, London Her eyes look away, as if thinking of a painful memory, yet there is a calm in her monumental pose. She’s got the strong, muscular arms Artemisia always gave the women in her paintings and as she ponders the past, the fingersContinue reading “Artemisia Gentileschi as Saint Catherine of Alexandria”

on the feast of Saint Lucy

She rejected a man and he had her killed. The year was 304. She was twenty years old. This is all we know. This is all we know, but there are stories. He was her mother’s choice; they needed the money. She fled to the tomb of another girl who had been killed for rejectingContinue reading “on the feast of Saint Lucy”